- Poodles are a group of formal dog breeds, the Standard Poodle, Miniature Poodle and Toy Poodle. They all bear the same characteristics, just the size is different. The CollectA model shows a Toy Poodle. The origin of the breed is still discussed, with a prominent dispute over whether the poodle descends from Germany as a type of water dog, or from the French Barbet. Ranked second most intelligent dog breed the poodle is skillful in many dog sports and activities, including agility, obedience, tracking to herding, circus performer and assistance dog.